So here we are, Monday morning. I’d been up writing on Wishes in a Bottle until 2:30, and had just hit the 90,000 word mark. So I rolled out of bed around about 9 and got the dishes done from last night (I’d been writing, so I’d just grabbed some leftovers and microwaved them) and made another pitcher of iced tea, logged into SecondLife and checked on my horses, then settled in to write. About 10 minutes later the phone rings. I was already deep into the scene I was writing, so I didn’t quite catch the beginning of what was being said. The phrase “RWA” caught my attention though and dragged me out of my scene. I remember thinking, oh my gosh, it must be the Saguaro chapter (which I’d just signed up for last night late) calling to welcome me! Unusual, but nice. Then.. Wait… what??? A Cat For Troy… did WHAT??!! WHOA, wait back up! OMG!!! It’s a contest coordinator, from FF&P (Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal) Chapter of RWA, calling to tell me A Cat for Troy had FINALED in the 2017 On the Far Side Contest!!! *hyperventilate* *scream* *laugh* *hyperventilate more*
Aside from the amazement and excitement factor, there’s another level to this: HOPE! Because the final round judges include an editor from a reputable publishing house (Theresa Cole, Entangled Publishing)… so just finaling is HUGE!
I’m so excited I haven’t been able to come back down to earth to get back to writing, LOL! It’s even MORE crucial now that I finish Wishes in a Bottle, because it’s the first book in the Wishes & Dreams 3-book series, of which A Cat For Troy is the third book. Since it’s a series, the first book has to be finished before a publisher or agent will even consider looking at any of it. The second book, A Gift of Jacinth, is already finished. So when I have Wishes in a Bottle finished (and it’s currently at 90,000 words with a target of 100,000), I’ll have the first two books in the series finished, and A Cat for Troy is at about 46,000 words.
Here’s the section of my website for the Wishes & Dreams series. It’s still under construction, as I have to add the synopses, but you’ll get the general idea 🙂